French: Moineau perroquet German: Papageischnabelsperling Spanish: Gorrión picogordo
Gongoni, near Mombasa, Kenya
Extreme SE South Sudan, S Ethiopia, S Somalia, extreme E Uganda, most of Kenya, and extreme NE Tanzania.
18 cm; 33·5–48 g. The largest of the African grey-headed sparrows; distinctive heavy arched bill gives "Roman-nosed" appearance. Head, neck and... read more
Call "choop", can be combined in a series of similar notes to produce a song, "choop chyop choop... read more
Open country and bush, extending into light woodland; in more arid country than that in which other... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly a seed-eater; recorded as taking bread and other scraps from the ground at lodges and picnic sites. Nestling diet not recorded,... read more
Throughout year in different parts of range, breeding coinciding with rains, but also in dry season where irrigated cultivation. Nest an... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in most of range; uncommon in Sudan. Numbers apparently stable.
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